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Thanks to 3D printing technology, people fear no more 2nd wave of the outbreak

In the traditional manufacturing process, the production of a mask normally involves seven elements of raw materials, equipment, workshops, capital, manpower, access permits, and production cycle, requiring dozens of upstream and downstream factories. With the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia in 2020, the global supply chain is broken, and urgently needed materials such as masks and protective clothing cannot be supplied in time and are extremely lacking. While at the moment, mask production is just a small aspect of pandemic prevention.

At this time, many companies and institutions have turned their eyes to the field of 3D printing. Using 3D printers and consumables, people can make 3D printed masks in one step, and they can be used with melt-blown cloth, which is fast and convenient. The United States, Italy and other countries have been using 3D printers to produce ventilator accessories and personal protective masks. As a result, whether 3D printing can penetrate more industries and be understood by capital is also what many people in the industry wait and see.

There are always some unexpected public events, making more and more companies and individuals can experience and use scarce resource at a lower cost.Photo source: Davide Sher

With the second outbreak of covid-19 this year, another more fields in the face of new industry trends that have erupted with the outbreak. As a new manufacturing technology, 3D printing must first cross the gap with the market. There are still relatively few users who really understand and are willing to apply 3D printing. As far as the industry is concerned, it is a long-term process to gain market recognition and favor.

First, the target market customers can see clearly the unique value of 3D printing compared with traditional manufacturing in certain application scenarios, such as whether it saves money, saves time, or solves certain problems; second, it is as easy as possible To help customers apply 3D printing to specific industries, this requires 3D printing manufacturers to be able to provide a comprehensive scenario solution combining software and hardware + consumables.

Anet3D is also focusing on the innovation of products from the entire 3D printing industry based on this consideration.

In terms of existing product model, the A8 series focuses on entry-level, with precision, stability, and ease of use as its core features, which can meet general user needs such as education, daily use items and other quick tools. A8 series products can realize automatic compensation and leveling, and have better performance on PLA printing..

Anet’s 3D printer has made an indelible contribution to the prevention and control of the pandemic

While ultra-quiet printing Pro series (ET4 Pro and ET5 Pro), which has stable performance in customized, small-batch, and flexible production are getting more and more people’s attention. The product is equipped with high-precision auto lifting nozzles, compatible with a variety of printing consumables, and is equipped with a touch screen, all parameters are adjustable.

More fundamentally, this crisis forces us to reconsider how to generate and share knowledge and new discoveries. The old model divides the world into people who provide raw materials and innovators, which leads to a huge waste of talent and potential. If we want to respond to this pandemic and prevent future outbreaks, we must work together to absorb as many talents and ideas as possible. 

As a professional 3D printer producer and solution provider, Anet has extended the power of technology to the Academic Institutions in India, where 3D printing new demands are in the making.

Anet cooperated with Vidyalankar Institute of Technology College in Mumbai and has developed a new type of 3D printed N95 mask.
Anet cooperated with Terna Engineering College in Nerul, and has developed a new type of 3D printed reusable mask.

3D printing technology is playing an important role to the prevention and control of the pandemic. With the arrival of the second wave of pandemic, the industries surrounding 3D printers have also made considerable progress.

Production process of melt blown nonwovens

At present, in order to deal with the severe pandemic, and because the production enthusiasm of the whole industry has been mobilized, people no longer worry about the second wave of havoc, many public products are producing in a fast and convenient way than before, and people can use them in a short cycle.

Other 3D printing business arising from the outbreak:

1, ExOne and the University of Pittsburgh use metal 3D printing technology to produce reusable respirators.

Metal Binder Jet Printer

Metal adhesive jet 3D printer manufacturer ExOne and the University of Pittsburgh are collaborating to develop a reusable metal filter that can be put into a plastic gas mask box. ExOne’s binder jet 3D printing process can be used to produce metal parts with a specific porosity that can effectively filter out contaminants while maintaining air. Using its technology, the company was able to develop reusable porous metal filters of two metals: copper and 316L stainless steel.

2, Chile develops 3D printed copper masks: copper ion sterilization is seamless and waterproof

In the midst of the coronavirus emergency, copper-inspired creativity has flourished among Chilean entrepreneurs. Several local companies and laboratories are producing antibacterial products, such as hand sanitizers and industrial disinfectants that combine copper nanoparticles to prevent infection. According to the manufacturer, these disinfectants are long-lasting and can keep the surfaces clean for up to two weeks.

The mask integrates a modular filtration system | Credits: Copper3D

This is a mask using the bactericidal properties of copper ions, which has better antibacterial properties than ordinary masks. It is understood that copper ions can penetrate into the outer membrane of microorganisms to cause the loss of important nutrients in the pathogenic microorganisms and the interruption of cell metabolism, and ultimately lead to the death of the pathogenic microorganisms, so it is widely used in the disinfection process. 

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